Big Public Health Concern:
Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that impacts an alarming and growing number of people. It is considered one of the most important public health concerns of our time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 30.3 million people of all ages, which accounts for 9.4 percent of the U.S. population, have diabetes. Another 84.1 million have prediabetes. The disease continues to represent a growing health problem.
Seventh Leading Cause of Death:
Diabetes can affect anyone, regardless of age, weight, gender or ethnicity. Despite this, most people are still oblivious of how extensive it is and how serious its complications can be. According to the National Diabetes Statistics Report (2017), diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2015.
Damages Immune and Circulatory Systems:
You may know someone who has diabetes or you may even have diabetes yourself. Living with any form of diabetes is not easy. You have to follow and monitor strict dietary guidelines, observe your blood sugar levels, and manage treatments, including insulin. The fundamental problem with diabetes is the damage heightened blood sugar (glucose) levels does to body systems, including the nervous, circulatory, and immune systems.
Diabetic Foot Care is Essential:
The potentially harmful effects of high blood glucose levels make diabetic foot care an important issue for everyone. Your feet are of particular concern because of the way diabetes affects the body. If not properly treated, diabetic foot can lead to amputation and loss of limb.
Your best resource for diabetic foot care is your podiatrist. You should have your feet examined at least once a year, even if your sugar levels are controlled.
Whether you have diabetic foot conditions or a sprained ankle, consulting with a board-certified podiatrist is the first step. At Paul S. DeMarco, DPM, we treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, hammertoes, heel pain, bunions, skin problems, sports injuries, diabetic foot conditions,orthotics, stress fractures, sprains, toe deformities, and arthritis. For an appointment, contact our Somers Point office at (609) 927-4894.
Dr. Paul S. DeMarco and his highly qualified staff serves Atlantic County and Cape May County in the New Jersey area.